St. Clare's Biography

St. Clare's Biography

Length: 746 words (2.1 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
St. Clare's Biography

CLARE, a close friend of St. Francis of Assisi, lived in the 13th
Century. Her reputation was like that of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, "a
saint in our midst".

CLARE was born into a wealthy family, educated in the domestic arts of
spinning and needle work, reading and writing. She knew about St.
Francis because of his love for the poor. Francis' father was a
successful cloth merchant. In 1204 Francis enlisted in Assisi's war
with Perugia. After a year as a prisoner of war, his view of society
and its social structures was forever altered.

During this time, urban development was beginning and capitalism was
in its infancy. Goods were created through cheap labor and poor
working conditions. Francis could see that the poor were most harmed
by capitalism and urbanization. He left his father's business and
began a simple life dependent on God. He begged and preached in the
streets of Assisi and ultimately formed the community of Friars Minor.

IN 1210 Clare heard Francis preach detachment from things and money,
to live in faith, that God will provide as God cares for the birds of
the air (Matt 6).

IN 1212 Clare left her family and joined Francis. Inspired by Francis'
faith, Clare lived and believed in Divine Providence. She depended on
God to supply what she and the community needed. Her small group of
followers became known as Poor Clares.

IN the document on her canonization in 1255, a number of miracles are
re-told. Once, finding an empty jar of oil filled when they were in
need, Clare believed God had filled it as "a gift of divine
generosity". Clare accepted all things and people as a gift from God.
She lived among her community as an equal doing daily works with
everyone else. She was attentive to the well-being of each sister.
Once Clare suspected a sister was suffering from depression and gave
her extra sensitivity and care. The nun was restored to health and
peace of heart, the canonization document says.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"St. Clare's Biography." 18 Aug 2019

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay on St. Clare's Biography

- St. Clare's Biography CLARE, a close friend of St. Francis of Assisi, lived in the 13th Century. Her reputation was like that of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, "a saint in our midst". CLARE was born into a wealthy family, educated in the domestic arts of spinning and needle work, reading and writing. She knew about St. Francis because of his love for the poor. Francis' father was a successful cloth merchant. In 1204 Francis enlisted in Assisi's war with Perugia. After a year as a prisoner of war, his view of society and its social structures was forever altered....   [tags: Papers]

Free Essays
746 words (2.1 pages)

Essay about Poor Clare Life Today

- The Poor Clares belong to the Order of Saint Clare, which originally used to be called the Order of Poor Ladies. They were the second Franciscan Order to be established. Poor Clare life today has similarities of how it was back in 1212, but it also has some minor differences. They have a strict schedule that they abided by while also still following the powerful mission that the Poor Clares founded. Poor Clare life today is entirely dedicated to God, just as it was back then. Saint Clare was born in 1193 in Assisi into nobility....   [tags: order of Saint Clare, Order of Poor Ladies]

Research Papers
1051 words (3 pages)

Essay about Biography: Saint Philomena

- St. Philomena was born on January 10th, 291 in Greece. St. Philomena’s name in latin is Filialuminis which means daughter of light. St. Philomena’s parents were both royal from a small state in Greece. St. Philomena did not have any siblings. When she was thirteen years old, Philomena was forced in marriage with Emperor Diocletian. “My virginity, which I have vowed to God, comes before everything, before you, before my country. My kingdom is Heaven.” St. Philomena rejected the emperor because she made a promise to herself that her virginity belonged to God....   [tags: pope gregory XVI, emperor]

Research Papers
991 words (2.8 pages)

John Clare and the Ubiquitous Editor Essay

- John Clare and the Ubiquitous Editor Editors have always played an important and powerful role in the works of John Clare, from Clare’s own time until the present. An Invite to Eternity presents a model of that relationship between text and editor in microcosm, from its composition inside the walls of a mental institution to its transcription by an asylum attendant, to its early publication and its modern re-presentation today. Written in the 1840s, no extant manuscript of the poem exists in Clare’s own hand and each version of the poem is inflected by its editor in different but always significant ways....   [tags: Clare Poet Poem Poetic Essays]

Research Papers
2841 words (8.1 pages)

First Love by John Clare Essay

- First Love by John Clare How do different poets convey the idea of Love. “First Love” by John Clare was written in the 19th century. It is a poem about how the poet had fallen in love but it turned out it was unrequited. Whereas “Song” by W.H.Auden written in the 20th century, is a poem about how someone has been in love but then lost them to death. They are both quite similar in the fact that they are both about loving someone but not being able to have them. However they are different because “Song” is about two people having been in love and then losing it, rather than “First Love” in which the love is unrequited, and not being fulfilled....   [tags: First Love John Clare Poems Poetry Essays]

Research Papers
2220 words (6.3 pages)

Essay on Audience and Expectation in John Clare’s An Invite to Eternity

- Audience and Expectation in John Clare’s An Invite to Eternity Although John Clare’s “An Invite to Eternity” appears to be a direct address to an unknown and anonymous “maiden,” in reality the poem is a much more complex appeal to the reader, which takes on the guise of traditional love poetry only to subvert it. In many ways, Clare’s poem seems to emulate and echo more classical poems such as Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” in its direct entreaty to a young lover. However, unlike that earlier poem, Clare’s offers his “sweet maid” a less than appealing prospect for future life, presenting her with an “eternity” filled with apocalyptic landscapes and almost monumental huma...   [tags: John Clare Invite Eternity Papers]

Research Papers
1862 words (5.3 pages)

7th Arsenal Band Biography Essay

- 7th Arsenal Band Biography Lethal Injections, Lethal Intoxication, and Army of Sinners were all possible band names before 7th Arsenal chose the first part of their name based off the number of band members. Regardless of where they were inspired to select a name for their band they will complete their goals one step at a time. They may deduce the number of band members though will have the same charisma they started out with as a group of seven. There sound may lethal, downright sinful, but the current five person line-up is a work in progress....   [tags: Biography]

Research Papers
939 words (2.7 pages)

Dan Brown: An Un-Authorized Biography Essay

- A writer of seven books and musician with five albums to his credit, Dan Brown is a man of many talents. While his music has not been very successful, his books have. As of 2009, his books have sold over 80 million copies and have been translated into over 40 languages. (Wikipedia) Being the oldest of three children, Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire. His father, Richard G. Brown, was a mathematics teacher and wrote textbooks from 1968 to his retirement in 1982. (Wikipedia) Brown's relationship with his father was the inspiration for Sophie Neveu and Jacques Sauniere's in The Da Vinci Code....   [tags: Biography]

Research Papers
938 words (2.7 pages)

Essay on Alexander Graham Bell: A Short Biography

- Alexander Graham Bell: A Short Biography Upon hearing the name Alexander Graham Bell, we remember the inventor of the telephone. However, Alexander was much more than just the inventor of the telephone. As a matter of fact he was an audiologist. His family was the leading authorities in elocution and speech correction. He had improved and carried on his families business, along with his brothers. Alexander had created the phone at an early age among inventors- only 29. Later in his career Bell has worked on a variety of inventions and all inventions have become successful....   [tags: Biography]

Research Papers
1634 words (4.7 pages)

Essay on Saint Clare of Assisi

- A Saint is a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous and regarded in Christian faith as being in heaven after death. Saints are important to Catholics as they are role models and inspire young people who are a part of God’s Kingdom that have lived as Jesus taught. During their life, they have shown many virtues and have done many good deeds. They all have devoted their life to Christ and have performed many miracles. My Saint is Saint Clare Assisi. She became a saint as she devoted her life to Christ, did many good things for others, especially the poor, and performed many miracles....   [tags: Heaven After Death, Saint, Christian Faith]

Research Papers
1104 words (3.2 pages)

The "Legend of Clare"
tells us she healed a young boy with an emotional disorder.

FRANCIS also respected Clare's gifts of listening and insights. He and
the brothers went to Clare whenever they had to make an important
decision. Pope Gregory IX, a regular visitor, often consulted her
opinion. Soon Clare and her communities became known for their care
and prayers for people in need.

CLARE was canonized two years after her death and thousands of women
still follow her inspiration as Poor Clares around the world. We are
blessed to be among these.

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-10/4/1226) is the co-founder of the
Franciscan Order. The son of a rich merchant named Pietro di
Bernardone, he was very worldly in his early years. He was held
prisoner for several months in 1202 during a dispute between Assisi
and Perugia. This was followed by a period of illness. Dissatisfied
with his life, he turned to prayer and service to the poor, and in
1206 he publicly renounced his father's wealth.

Francis began to live as a hermit and soon attracted followers. He
preached the necessity of a poor, simple life-style based on the
ideals of the Gospels. Pope Innocent III approved his way of life,
gave him and his disciples permission to preach on moral topics, and
had Francis ordained a deacon. The followers increased and were called
Friars Minor by Francis, that is, the lesser brethren.

With the collaboration of Saint Clare of Assisi (1194-8/11/1253),
Francis founded (1212) a branch of his order for women, called the
Poor Clares. Later, he established (1221) another branch for lay men
and women, called the Third Order. In 1219, during the Fifth Crusade,
Francis made his famous but fruitless attempt to convert the sultan
al-Kamil while the crusaders laid seige to Damietta in Egypt.

Upon returning from the Crusades, Francis retired from the government
of the order to a life of contemplation, during which he received the
Stigmata (the imprint of the wounds of Christ in his own body) and
composed his famous poem, the Canticle of Brother Sun. He died on
October 3, 1226 and was canonized in 1228. Francis's feast day is
October 4.

Francis was the son of Peter Bernardone, an Italian merchant. He was a
generous, light-hearted man, not at all the son his father had
envisioned taking over his cloth business. Francis longed to become a
knight, and after an experience in battle and subsequent imprisonment,
Francis became ill and his conversion process had begun. After
recovering, he reached out to the poor and outcasts in society,
notably lepers, and shared his material resources generously. He even
began to repair churches in Assisi, after hearing the Lord tell him to
rebuild the church. His father was outraged at his behavior, and
brought him before the bishop of Assisi. Francis returned his father's
material possessions, and professed his love for God the father alone.
After hearing the Gospel in which Our Lord commissions His apostles to
carry no possessions, Francis recognized God's will in his life and
began a radical penitential movement. Others joined him, living in
poverty, traveling, and preaching. They called themselves the friars
minor, and Pope Innocent III gave approval. A second order, for women
was established and headed by Saint Clare, and a third order was
established for both men and women. Francis showed a great love for
all of creation, and is known for his songs and poetry praising God in
creation. His love of the crucified Christ filled his heart, and, 2
years before his death, he received the stigmata (sacred wounds) on
his body. Francis died in 1226. His feast day is October 4th.
Return to